Ohio entrepreneur looks to combine solar, blockchain, and smart home tech

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⛓  BLOCKCHAIN: A Marion, Ohio, entrepreneur is developing a residential power system that combines solar panels, blockchain and smart home technology to monitor energy use and efficiency for individual rooms and appliances. Jason Jordan’s company, Jordan Energy Alternative, was recently named one of six finalists in the 2020 IGNITE Business Pitch Competition in Columbus.

🌡️  EFFICIENCY: A Cleveland Heights company founded by Case Western engineering professors has executed a licensing option for software that allows it to conduct remote building energy audits. Edifice Analytics CEO David Gordon says the technology uses big-data analytics, machine learning, and satellite weather data to provide fast, accurate, no-touch virtual building audits for less than a tenth of the cost of in-person assessments.

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a University of Wisconsin-Madison fusion research program $7.9 million for research to help reduce the cost and complexity of future fusion energy reactors, a potential source of clean energy. The funding increase more than doubles the Pegasus project’s budget and will allow it to add research staff.

✈️  AVIATION: A Skokie, Illinois, biotech and carbon recycling startup for a third time has named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list, Chicago Inno reports. LanzaTech recently announced the launch of a new subsidiary called LanzaJet that is focused on producing sustainable aviation fuel.

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